Illinois: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra Hungry For Victory At Springfield SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 20, 2009) - - The first of two dirt races are upon the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend starting with the Illinois State Fairgrounds and without hesitation it would...

Patrick Sheltra Hungry For Victory At Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 20, 2009) - - The first of two dirt races are upon the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend starting with the Illinois State Fairgrounds and without hesitation it would be easy to pick Patrick Sheltra and his Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team as a pre-race favorite for Sunday's Allen Crowe 100.

And with the 2009 season beginning to wind down and just eight races left on the homestretch -- Sheltra is aiming to put his veteran team back in victory circle at a place that Sheltra calls one of his "favorites" on the tour.

[IMAGE]"Welcome to my turf," said Sheltra when refereeing to the Springfield, Illinois race track. "I say that every year but I really enjoy these dirt races on the ARCA schedule. I finished fourth here in 2007 and last year we had a car capable of winning the race but were stalled with a flat tire. This year, its bottom's up and we're determined to put our team back where they belong, victory lane."

With an aggressive six race schedule packed within a month's time, Sheltra knows that kicking off the string with a positive run can put his team back on the path towards blossoming to the front.

"I think these dirt races are what the racing doctor ordered," sounded Sheltra. "Our team as a whole is excited about Springfield and DuQuoin because we know our chances of winning there increase tremendously. While I'm confident we have a shot at being victorious this weekend, the field is going to be strong which should put on a great event for the fans."

At this same point last year, Sheltra was securing the 10th place position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship chase with just six races remaining. This year, Sheltra is eighth on the tour with eight races remaining. Sheltra was able to produce strong finishes inside those final half-dozen races last year which propelled the avid hunter to a career best sixth in the championship chase. This year, finishing inside the top-five is still realistic but it will take a never give-up attitude and a little luck to make it happen.

"This team is not going to give up, that's a promise," added the Indiantown, Florida native. "I feel we have some very strong tracks coming our way that we should excel at. As a team, we've set the goal for winning a couple more races and finishing inside the top-five. Realistically, we can make it happen!"

Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports chassis number 7 to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the same automobile the team participated with the Illinois State Fairgrounds last year and notched a runner-up finish at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The team converted the former Dale Earnhardt, Inc. automobile to a Dodge Charger during the last year. It will be run for just the seventh time in the 23-year old's career. Chassis number 16 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. That former Richard Childress Racing entry is a new addition to the team's fleet. The Whitesville, Kentucky based team tested this Dodge Charger at Michigan International Speedway in May.

-credit: patricksheltra.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Hayden , Patrick Sheltra
Teams Richard Childress Racing